Thursday, June 25, 2009

Patience. I has it.

I've noticed that the MBA blogger community (entering this fall), myself included, has quieted down a bit during the past month. This may seem odd to anyone watching from the outside in, given how exciting grad school is, and all of the prep work that you have to do before it begins, but the truth is, the entire process from applying to entering is characterized by waiting more than anything else. This is doubly true if you are accepted in the 1st round.

First, you have to wait for the applications and essay topics to be available from each of your prospective schools. After you complete and submit the applications, you have to wait to see if any of the schools will invite you to interview. If all goes well, you'll interview with one or more schools and then wait a few months to find out if you were accepted. Ideally, you will get accepted to one of your "dream" schools and experience that awesome rush of excitement that comes via the call from the Dean of Admissions, or whoever the person may be that delivers the good news. If not, then you will have to wait to apply again next year, except next year is really just 5 or 6 months away because it takes so long to get a decision.

Once you have been accepted, you begin assembling whatever information you can about your potential classmates and the impending experience from a wide variety of sources, including all of the usual suspects: blogs, Facebook, forums, school websites, etc. This is to keep you occupied while you are waiting for the admit weekend/event where you can gauge your "fit" with the school and reassure yourself one last time that this is the one.

The admit event comes, and once again you feel that awesome rush of excitement and accomplishment, knowing that you have successfully stormed the castle and penetrated its defenses. They get you all excited, because in a few short years, you will be on top of the business world, capable of leaping over complex financial statements, marketing dilemmas, and strategic quandaries in a single bound. You return home to your old job and old environment, with thoughts of your new adventure swirling in your head, and then you proceed to wait for any sort of communication from the school or your classmates.

The emails will come in hordes at first, but then it slows down to a trickle. Every email feeds your desire for more contact, and you want to begin as soon as possible, but first you'll have to wait a bit longer. Sure, they'll give you a To Do list that seems intimidating at first, and you think "Great! This will keep me busy until August," but honestly, you won't spend that much time on any of the items. You'll wrap them up quickly and then you'll wait. Wait until the last day of work; wait until the day you move up to your new locale; wait until classes begin. This is assuming you are broke like me; otherwise, you'll probably go off on some fun trips.

Unfortunately, the waiting part is boring. It's hard to make it exciting for anyone following your adventures, because who the hell wants to hear about waiting. Waiting is about as much fun as reading The Wealth of Nations (trust me, because I've tried, oh have I tried to read that book).

So yeah, these days I'm waiting. Cheers to everyone else in the same boat!

2 comments:

  1. Yo Mate. True. I'm too in the same "broken" boat :) That is the reason I intend to work a bit longer, and save money for school. No fun trips for me before school :(
    - Grey

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  2. Hey what's up Orlando. Congrats on Kellogg! Great accomplishment.I'll actually be a classmate of yours in Evanston, though not right away. I'll be in the JD-MBA program so I will actually start at the law school. Either way, look forward to meeting up with you on campus.

    Feel free to check out my blog too. I can definitely add yours to my blogroll.

    Take it easy.

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